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January 2007

Event Reviews

Fat City Reprise

On a cold New York night, Brittany Sturges and a gang of fellow Philly travellers take in an out-of-town gig by their hometown heroes, Fat City Reprise.

Men, Women & Children

With their electronic pop-rock sound and odd stage antics, Men, Women & Children are somewhat of an acquired taste. Yet, this time around, their stage show won Brittany Sturges over.

Office

Stage blood, punk rock, a group jam on a John Lennon X-mas song, angular sonics, three top-notch Chicago bands - what more could Chris Catania have asked for this holiday season?

Straylight Run

Despite a promising line-up of up-and-coming indie rockers- Straylight Run supported by Matt Pond PA, Street to Nowhere and Kevin Devine- Brittany Sturges ended the night disappointed.

The Oaks

A featured profile in both the local weekly and in the Orlando Sentinel newspaper helped to pack The Social for The Oaks' first ever headlining gig. Jen Cray was amongst the crowd to lend her support.

Features

Top Dead People of 2006

Carl F Gauze tallies 19 deaths in 2006 that somehow affect all of us, even though we may have missed their obituary.

Interviews

Brenda David

Is she jazz? Is she country? Is she alternative? Kyrby Raine attempts to solve the mystery that is singer/songwriter Brenda David and how Europe fell in love with her.

Infinite Frequency

What's it like to be a human iPod? Kyrby Raine tracked down a troupe of rising stars in Boston that believes in the infinite possibilities of rock and roll.

Leroy Justice

With a downright Southern Americana vibe, Leroy Justice is a band that needs to be experienced to be understood. Brittany Sturges talks to two members of the band to try and get a better understanding of their style.

Moros Eros

Victory Records has taken a chance on an experimental indie rock band that put out one of 2006's most exciting debuts. Moros Eros are going to blow up in 2007. Jen Cray spoke with lead singer/guitarist/lyricist, Zach Tipton, while he enjoyed what could very well be his last couple weeks of anonymity at home in Georgia.

Night Kills The Day

New York's Night Kills The Day draw influence from bands like Depeche Mode, the Cure and Pink Floyd. Their debut full length release, The Study of Man... And the Developed Shadow, is set for a March 2007 release on Score Records. Jen Cray spoke with bassist Timothy Falzone about his band that appears to be sitting on the doorstep of success.

Poetry in Motion: Peter Bradley Adams

Andrew Ellis chats with singer-songwriter Peter Bradley Adams about his journey from classical musician and composer to the mainstream.

Wheat's Harvest

Brendan Harney, drummer with left-of-center Massachusetts band Wheat, tells Andrew Ellis why the band is happy making music independently again.

Music Reviews

Music A

Acuarela Songs

Volume 3 (Acuarela). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music B

The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band

The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band (Big Dipper). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music C

The Colour

Between Earth & Sky (EMI/Rethink). Review by Jen Cray.

Music D

Dead Meadow

Feathers (Matador). Review by Aaron Shaul.

The Dears

Gang of Losers (Arts & Crafts). Review by Jen Cray.

The Decemberists

The Crane Wife (Capitol). Review by Jen Cray.

The Drams

Jubilee Dive (New West). Review by Sean Slone.

Music E

Ecce Hobo

Where The Devil Dances (Ambiguous Music). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Elefant

Black Magic Show (Kemado/Hollywood). Review by Jen Cray.

music F

F-Units

Reject On Impact. Review by Jen Cray.

Music F

Fair To Midland

The Drawn and Quartered EP (Serjical Strike). Review by Jen Cray.

Robert Fripp

Exposure (DMG). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Front Line Assembly

Artificial Soldier (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Music G

Girls on Film

Danceteria (NativeSun). Review by Matthew Moyer.

Music H

Hell on Wheels

The Odd Church (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Homemade Hits Vol. 2

(Kittridge). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music I

Imperative Reaction

As We Fall (Metropolis). Review by Jorge C. Galban.

Ivy League

London Bridges (Twentyseven). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music J

Jihad Jerry and the Evildoers

Mine is Not a Holy War (Cordless). Review by Carl F Gauze.

The Juan Maclean

Tito's Way (Astralwerks). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music L

Sean Lennon

Friendly Fire (Capitol Records). Review by Matt Parish.

Limpopo

Rybalochka. Review by Kyrby Raine.

The Little Ones

Sing Song EP (Branches). Review by Jen Cray.

Lola Ray

Liars (Benevolent). Review by Jen Cray.

Los Lobos

The Town and the City (Hollywood). Review by Sean Slone.

Lower Class Brats

The New Seditionaries (TKO). Review by Jen Cray.

Music M

Michael Marc

The Shadow of Your Smile (Arrow). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Andreas Mattsson

The Lawlessness of the Ruling Class (Hyrbis). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Mews Too

An Asthmatic Kitty Compilation (Asthmatic Kitty). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music N

No Turning Back

Holding On (Bridge Nine). Review by Jen Cray.

Music O

Oakley Hall

Second Guessing (Amish). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Joan Osborne

Pretty Little Stranger (Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music P

Parts & Labor

Stay Afraid (Jagjaguwar/Brah). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Sandro Perri

Plays Polmo Polpo (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music R

Random55

Successful Attempts at Failure (Sinister Muse). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Matthew Ryan

From a Late Night High Rise (00:02:59). Review by Andrew Ellis.

Music S

Duncan Sheik

White Limousine (Zoe/Rounder). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Mindy Smith

Long Island Shores (Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Carolyn Southworth

At the End of the Day (Heron's Point Music). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Strike Anywhere

Dead FM (Fat Wreck Chords). Review by Jen Cray.

Music T

The Tallest Man on Earth

The Tallest Man on Earth (Gravitation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

If That Is What Is Being Thought... (Status Quo). Review by Carl F Gauze.

This is a Process of a Still Life

Light (Firefly Sessions). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Thuja

Pine Cone Temples (Strange Attractors). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Thunderbirds Are Now!

Make History (Frenchkiss). Review by Jen Cray.

Music V

Vapnet

Jag vet hur man vantar/Thomeegrand (Hybris). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Michael Vince

Michael Vince. Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music W

David Waxman Presents Ultra Electro

David Waxman Presents Ultra Electro (Ultra). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Carl Wirkkala

Ghost Town (Deaf Jim). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music Y

Yonder Mountain String Band

Yonder Mountain String Band (Vanguard). Review by Tim Wardyn.

The Young Tradition

Northern Drive (Matinee). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music Z

Rob Zombie

Educated Horses (Geffen). Review by Joe Frietze.

Print Reviews

Dirty Sugar Cookies

What's for dinner? Better not look to Dirty Sugar Cookies for the answer, as it's low on recipes to begin with and Rose Petralia's too engrossed in Ayun Halliday's narration to even think of cooking.

Hans Christian Andersen: Fairy Tales

After reading this new collection of Andersen's classic yet slightly twisted tales, Chris Catania will never look at the Little Mermaid the same way again.

James Bond in the 21st Century: Why We Still Need 007

Can a Cold War-era spy find love in the 21st Century? The box office returns for Casino Royale say YES. If you want an idea why James Bond is still such a cultural force, the essays in this volume give you a lot to think about. Bob Pomeroy tells you about the good and the not so good from the Bond debates.

Made In Japan

This new collection of Asian packaging and design art reminds Heather Lorusso that sometimes the most interesting things to see in Japan are everyday objects.

Poems I Wrote While Watching TV

Ouch! Rhona Scoville not only changes the channel on this collection of poetry, but she smashes the remote and throws the television out the window in prime Keith Moon style.

Punk House

Photographer Abby Banks went on a 25-city tour of "punk houses" across the U.S. to create this unique coffeetable book that pays tribute to this artistic underground of "hippie punks." Jen Cray is ready to crash.

Reading Writing

What does a literary critic want from a literary critic? Eric J. Iannelli finds the answer in Reading Writing, the first English translation of nonagenarian Julien Gracq's unique musings on the republic of letters.

Silent Pictures

Matthew Moyer

Screen Reviews

DJ Screw

DJ Screw: The Untold Story (Oarfin ). Review by Chris Catania.

Night at the Museum

Dreamer Ben Stiller works in a museum where the exhibits come to life at night and raise havoc. Then he gets the girl. Carl F Gauze digs this piece of cinematic fluff.